Herd to Conclude Non-Conference Slate at Miami (Ohio)

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – To complete its non-conference schedule, Marshall women’s soccer (3-2-2) will travel to Oxford, Ohio, to face the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (4-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.

In addition to live tweets from @HerdWSoccer, live stats will be available through Miami’s website, MURedHawks.com.

Goals by junior Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio), senior Myka DeMarco (Dallas) and senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) lifted the Thundering Herd over Eastern Kentucky, 3-1, at EKU Soccer Field in Richmond, Ky. (Sept. 14). Marshall led in shots (19-6), shots on-goal (13-4) and corner kicks (4-3). Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) made three saves for the Herd while the Colonels’ Anna Hall saved 10.

Junior forward Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for her performances against Cincinnati (Sept. 12) and Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 14), the league announced on Monday. The honor is the first of her career, and a first for the Thundering Herd since Erika Duncan -- now the Marshall assistant coach -- earned the title for the week of Oct. 25, 2010. Simmons is the third Marshall player to earn the weekly award after Duncan (2008, 2010) and Molly Snead (2009).

Simmons netted a goal in both games for Marshall over the weekend, including the Herd's only goal to earn a tie with Cincinnati. The forward kept her nerve against the Bearcats as she stepped up to convert a first-half penalty, Cincinnati's first allowed goal in 247 minutes. In a 3-1 victory at Eastern Kentucky, Simmons converted in the 62nd minute to stretch her goal-scoring streak to three matches. Marshall is undefeated (2-0-1) this season when Simmons scores a goal. Her three-match streak of goals is the longest since Chelsey Maiden in 2012.

Quotes by coach Kevin Long:

On junior forward Erin Simmons being named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week:
"I think it's awesome that we have a player who is finding herself again after an ACL injury over a year ago. While she played last year, she is much more comfortable on the field this season. She's carrying the load offensively and it's having a great impact on our team. She's doing a great job for us and I'm thrilled that she has earned this award. She's in some elite company with Erika Duncan."

Two assists by junior defender Lia Foster’s (Keswick, Ontario) in Marshall’s 3-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 14) mark the first time a member of the Herd has assisted twice in a single match since Angela DeSumma did so against Morehead State in 2011.

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Miami (Ohio) is 4-1-0 for the second time in the last three seasons after defeating IPFW, 3-0, on Sunday, Sept. 14. The RedHawks have collected shutouts in three of their four wins, outscoring opponents 8-4. Kelsey Dinges leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist). Goalkeeper Danielle Wiseman has made 12 saves with a 0.89 goals-against average.

Last season, Marshall shut out the RedHawks at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, 1-0, to break a five-game losing streak in the series (Sept. 22, 2013). The Herd has never won in Oxford (0-3 all-time), while the RedHawks lead the overall series, 5-3. Marshall has not visited Oxford since a 3-2 double overtime loss in 2004, the Herd’s last season in the Mid-American Conference.

Marshall will begin Conference USA play at home against league newcomer Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

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